Good Watch Compass?

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  1. Chazzle

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    I am wanting a good watch compass, so at REI last week while in Oregon, I bought a Suunto Clipper pictured here:
    suunto-clipper-l-b-nh-4357.png The plastic clip is hard to attach to the watch, and is not very adjustable..... any ideas or recommendations ? It's a nice smooth compass, but the clip is hard to use and seems rather thick.

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    That Cammenga phosphorescent wrist compass will not fit on a 22mm watchband, it is a good size to use alone.

    I have the Cammenga WC10 wrist compass and it does fit a 22mm watchband, it's a bit on the thick side but should be practically bombproof.

    My Suunto Clipper fell on a hardwood floor and came apart in three pieces, I was able to snap them back into place but it isn't real durable.
     
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    I have a couple of these: https://countycomm.com/collections/view-all-tool-products/products/copy-of-thumb-tac-compass that I've shaped a thin brass strap for and epoxied it to the back of the compass. It would be perfect for a watchband- I wear my on the adjustment strap of my ballcaps (I don't wear a watch) One I've snipped the brass loop off of; the other I left on, in case I ever want to string in on a lanyard around my neck. Cheap, quick, simple.

    BTW: USGI issue

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    There are good compasses and there
    Are watch compasses BIMHO there are no good watch compasses. They are small, imprecise and kind of fragile. They might make a good third compass but I would not rely on them in any way.
     
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    I have the Cammenga with the black aluminum case and would recommend it. I dropped it once onto a tile floor from about neck high and that cracked the plastic bezel. But it's still going strong.
     
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    I've been wearing a Suunto Clipper for about a year and a half now and have really come to depend on it. They can snag on things and the bezel pops off, which loses the compass. However, if you know this you can prevent it from happening.

    Also, check out the Suunto M-9 wrist compass. The compass is pretty nice. The watch band that it come with is pretty itchy/scratchy.
     
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    I lost a Suunto clipper on my watchband changing layers during a hike.

    The clipper compass is too small to simply glue shut.

    I used Sugru moldable plastic to fix the falling off problem. There is probably a cheaper caulk I don't know about.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BFE0KNQ/

    You may encounter problems wearing a Suunto clipper all the time on your watch. Mine kept getting demagnetized.
     
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    I got Suunto Clippers for each of my daughters years ago. My younger daughter who was in kindergarten at the time, gave me hers, "so you don't get lost", when I departed for Iraq.
    It survived the deployment, and is now one of those things one keeps forever.
     
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    I just ordered a Tru-Nord brass button compass. They make a wrist model also for same price I think. $45
     

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